Many backpackers that travels through America, goes on the sailing boat.
The most time I spent talking with Maï "Sol" who for the last years worked as graphic designer in Spain and now she was realizing her big dream of traveling through America. There were also two french guys that travel together through whole America: Baptiste and Armand and the Argentinian guy traveling solo: Jose.
We denatured from Cartagena in the early afternoon on 25th June, Sunday. We agreed with Julece to take four hours shifts. Initially we had to sail continuously for 48h.
In the past, Cartagena was a target for a pirates boat. In order to protect the city, the underwater wall was built at the sea entrance. There is only a small gate left. This path is used by sailing boats. Other big containers ships need to use other entrance to Cartagena few kilometers apart. We started with nice NW 3-4 wind in a Beaufort scale and we sailed west. It was great to feel the sea breeze on the face being on the sea on a sailing vessel. The sea cradle us a bit but not too much. For all other four guys it was a first sea experience and two of them got sea sick for the first hours of sailing.
|Sailing to San Blas.|
There was no other boat around the horizon. I contemplated the clouds, the sea and the main sail. Around seven the boat started to wake up. Mai "Sol" prepared a breakfast and I waited till 8 for a change. I guess in the night I slept around three hours, so I was very happy when I could sleep a bit more. I had a great nap till midday. I guess then Julece prepared some food and Baptiste took over navigation. The moment that he started to steer there was sufficient wind that we could have turn off the engine and finally sail only with the power of nature. It was a beautiful moment. No loud engine working, sun showed up, white sails above us, blue water around us and nothing else. No other boat on the horizon as we would be the only living being on the whole universe. I started my navigation shift at 22.00. Since I was alone on the deck I contemplate a bit the surrounding in the silence. Afterwards instead of the music I started to listen to my Spanish lessons. During the day I also gathered some Spanish sailing words from Julece. All our boat was Spanish-French speaking. There were not too many English words on the deck. I seriously like practising my Spanish with French people.
|Baptiste in pontoon.|
|In my hammock.|
|"Sol" on the island.|
|Local person offering us lobsters.|
|Robinson and his home.|
|Snorkeling team 1.|
|Snorkeling team 2.|
|Sun set over San Blas.|
|Real marinero with his pescado.|
With the guys we needed to take a fast boat for an hour and then we drove to Panama City.
Caribbean sea is incredible beautiful I am sure I will come back there one day. There are so many small islands to explore, there are also two big islands that are high on my dream destination list: Cuba and Jamaica. So take care Caribbeans and see you soon.
Here is a story of this same trip by "Sol".